Examines and explains the ubi sunt form of poetic verse in Old English poetry using the Lament of the Last Survivor from Beowulf and The Wanderer. Analyzes the form and function of this verse form, as well as its historic implications.
The Adventure of the Priory School is a Sherlock Holmes story that sees the detective investigating the disappearance of the young Lord Saltire, a disappearance that is soon linked to a murder.
Everyone knows about the Vikings – however, how many people know about how incredibly varied and entertaining their writing was?
An analysis of Jane Eyre, the most famous of Bronte's novels and heroines, as well as the other protagonists of her lesser-known works.
A reflection on the role of marriage in society during the 1800s as seen in the book Pride and Prejudice
This is possibly Tom Stoppard's best known play. It offers an amusing and thought-provoking twist on Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
Advice Of Mother Catapulted Dearen To Win Spur Award, Which Is Western Writers' Equivalent Of An Oscar Award
A literary analysis of the notion of lovers in William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll House."
A quick look at the famous dystopic novel "Fahrenheit 451," and how it relates to our modern society.
Modernism represents a wave of cultural revolutions that propagated through society during the 20th century; it toppled traditions and encouraged innovation in all disciplines, especially literature.
Three women share a college dorm room and develop a relationship that lasts for years until it finally implodes.
Before I Fall (2010) is a young adult novel recounting the last days of a 17-year old girl who relives the day of her death, over and over again.
Believe it or not, there are many historical fiction works that make you stop and think. It could be the person or event the story is about or it could be the different angle an author takes. It could also be a sensitive topic addressed in a manner...
A short look at JRR Tolkien's "The Monsters and The Critics" and an analysis of the defence of Beowulf presented therein.
The English actress known for "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music" wrote a classic 1971 children's novel in the vein of "The Little Princess," "The Secret Garden," and "Anne of Green Gables"
Margaret Hale is one of the strongest fictional heroines ever written. The main character in Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, Margaret is a picture of bravery, endurance, and selflessness.
An in-depth critique detailing the weaker aspects of The Fellowship of the Ring novel, and why I’m not in love with it like most fantasy fans seem to be.
Sigmund Freud divided the human psyche into three parts: the id, the ego, and the super ego. If one were to view each division of the Freudian psyche, in correlation with each of the monsters in the poem, they might notice the id represented by Grendel, the ego, represented by Grendel’s mother and lastly, the super ego, represented by the dragon.
The Write Way to Get a Girlfriend is a teen romance novel that teaches English Composition, U.S. Government, Job Search skills, Resume Writing, and important life lessons.
The Adventure of the Crooked Man is a short Sherlock Holmes story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the Adventure of the Crooked Man, Holmes departs from Baker St to Aldershot taking Watson along.
The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor is a short Sherlock Holmes story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The case deals with the missing bride of Lord St Simon, one of England's most prominent nobles.
Is the musical "Les Miserables" wrong for being too beautiful? Does it make misery into something that's too comfortable for the audience? Some wine and say what's going on!
Idun was a very valued goddess in Norse Mythology, for she had the magic the Gods most desperately wanted. And it was contained in special golden apples that contained the power of youth.
Does the play Antony and Cleopatra have a subtext that undermines James’s regime, offering a warning about the iniquity of state absolutism? If so, Shakespeare was treading dangerous ground.
The Adventure of the Cardboard Box is a short story penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring Sherlock Holmes. A tale of murder, the story in its day was one of the most controversial.
Willy Loman is a complex character in Death of a Salesman whose victimhood is made universal by Arthur Miller. Is Willy Loman a tragic figure or simply a fool who deserves his eventual consequences?
The Adventure of Black Peter is a Sherlock Holmes case that sees the detective investigate the murder of the former sea captain, a murder committed with the unusual weapon of a harpoon.
The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb is a short Sherlock Holmes story that sees the detective dealing with a client who has had his thumb cut off during a strange evening adventure.
An article on growing up with the "Scary Stories" series and how it continues to have an impact on the individual and society.
What is it about medieval literature that presents itself to allow readers to know it is medieval in nature? It is more than just the date in which these works were written.
Odd Apocalypse is book 6 in the Odd Thomas series. It takes the series in a much different direction from where it had gone up until this point. Good, bad, or indifferent, it is not like the others.
A performer in the karaoke scene gets hit on by a youngster half her age because she encouraged him to perform a song and dance number for the sake of musical expression.
The Adventure of the Yellow Face is a case for Sherlock Holmes in short story form. The story is memorable as it displays the fallibility of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creation.
Long, sweeping romances. Light, fluffy reads. Whatever your preference, summer is the perfect time to catch up on your reading. Here are my top 5 books you should add to your summer TBR.
William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” was written as a fictional play, but the characters and situations of the play offer keen observations of 16th century life. Desire is an emotion experienced by all people. Shakespeare presents the desires of the multiple characters in “Twelfth Night” to emphasize the societal limitations of the characters according to gender, social class, and birthright.
It's hard to avoid at Barnes and Noble right now. Here's what I think about the latest YA bestseller, Red Queen.
Both Zora Neale Hurston and Kate Chopin speak to the woman’s struggle to have their desires for love and respect heard against the male-centrist views of relationships.
I recommend 10 memoirs written by famous people, mainly comedians, that I have read over the last year.
In this essay, three different examples of different defense mechanisms from Toni Morrison's novel, Sula, are pointed out and analyzed through the use of psychoanalytic criticism.
Austen's teen novel reveals more than one woman with a sly streak. This article takes a closer look at the other "Vernon" women that make up this juicy little tale.
The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist is a story that sees Sherlock Holmes investigate what appears to be a case of stalking by an unknown cyclist, but develops into a case of abduction.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban answers many questions about Harry’s father’s past and reveals the deepest powers true friendship can unlock.
Hamlet's tragedy stems from a number of origins. The obvious one is the death of his father. Hamlet is a tragic figure from the moment the audience encounters him, dressed in 'solemn black'. The second cause of Hamlet's tragedy is his mother's behaviour. Instead of sharing her son's grief, and supporting him through it, she has remarried with indecent haste.
This paper summarizes the exclusion women faced in Viking law, and details the negative consequences of such exclusion by examining Hallgerd's behaviour in Njal's Saga.
In Ania Loomba’s selection from Gender, Race, Renaissance Drama, Loomba discusses the “gender-blindness” in most postcolonial criticism of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Loomba proposes as her the
An abandoned orphanage on the coast of Wales, with a suitcase of odd photographs, will disclose what Jacob's grandfather meant about peculiar children, and what happened on September 3rd, 1940.
The esteemed author of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series is popular for many reasons. Read on for a few of mine...
Stephen King & Shirley Jackson are considered masters in horror and Gothic fiction. There are striking similarities in their work, specifically King's 'Salem's Lot & Jackon's Haunting of Hill House.
Analysis of the play "Huis Clos" or No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre. The dramaturgy in Huis Clos/No Exit, the philosophical base of the play and Sartre's Hell is analysed.
After the not so good The Wastelands, can the fourth volume of the Dark Tower series redeem the series to the dark gritty dark fantasy greatness from the previous novels> Read and find out.
Literary essay exploring the vital role of paternity in Zora Neale Hurston's short story, "Gilded Six Bits."
The composition of Voltaire’s ‘Candide’ is a picaresque narrative. Voltaire recounts a tale of an adventure hero. He uses many characters to build the story such as Candide; the optimist, Pangloss; the philosopher and Cunégonde; the object...
This Middle-earth profile covers Nienor, daughter of Hurin and Morwen, and sister/wife of her brother Turin. Again if you want a proper context, read the Silmarillion and the Children of Hurin
A great thrilled ruined by a weak ending that didn't make much sense and seemed out of character for the characters involved...
This book is the perfect retreat for anyone who’s ever worked their hardest and failed anyway, about a girl who's always loved baking fresh bread, and featuring a handsome honey-maker and a puffling.
Honour is a pervasive theme in the tragedy Hamlet by William Shakespeare. The obvious contrast between the characters Hamlet and Laertes is well established in much scholarly work on the play. Hamlet is uncertain and slow to action, while Laertes is...
By utilizing the epistolary technique with Celie and Shug's female characters in The Color Purple, Walker is able to illustrate the African American lesbian experience in an oppressive society, explore abuses to African American women, explore varying perspectives of lesbianism, and illustrate the perseverance of the African American feminine nature within Showalter's gynocentric Y zone of experience.
Love may be a scary, daunting word and, at other times, it may be an exciting, amazing feeling. Shakespeare explored the varying concepts of love in "Midsummer Night's Dream." Here is an analysis.
These are some notes on the way different political, economic, and social theories manifest themselves in Jack London's Call of the Wild.
Comparing the Movie The 13th Warrior and the novel Beowulf published hundreds of years ago. The similarities and differences are clearly outlined, and are quite simple to understand.
An in-depth book review of James Redfield's novel, which is a continuation of The Celestine Prophecy, a bestseller. Literary and metaphysical commentary. An interview with the author on two-part video
Miss Read is a well-loved author of books about English village life. Her Fairacre and Thrush Green series are gentle, witty and very enjoyable.
Did Iris Murdoch expose mediocre authors, using the first act of Richard Strauss's opera Der Rosenkavalier as the pivotal point in her novel, 'The Black Prince? That opera opening still shocks today.
Harry must learn about defense against the dark arts on his own and teach his friends in order to stop Voldemort from acquiring a dangerous object hidden at the Ministry of Magic.
Edgar Allen Poe has a natural talent for placing doubt in his reader's mind. He presents a number of very obvious details to force his readers into thinking in one direction while, at the same time, sprinkles smaller details in to throw them off...
Josef K, an up and coming banker, wakes up one day to find himself under arrest for no apparent reason. The Trial is the story of his frustrating quest for justice.
The Old English epic poem Beowulf has been analyzed in multiple ways. In this essay, I argue that Beowulf and Grendel were mirror images of each other.
An analysis of Flannery O'Connor's novel "The Violent Bear It Away" and the symbolism found throughout the darkly comedic tale.
Brashares' new book The Whole Thing Together brings the themes of step-families, first love, and new relationships to life for great summertime reading for the YA audience.
The Adventure of the Stockbroker's Clerk is a short Sherlock Holmes story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The case sees Holmes out of his normal London surroundings and in Birmingham instead.
Forever Odd is the second book by Dean Koontz, in the Odd Thomas series. Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors, and I think his work on The Odd Thomas series is some of his best.
World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler is an intriguing story taking place in post-apocalyptic Union Grove, New York. A variety of colorful characters ebb and flow within this rather complex story, which oftentimes dabbles into theological...
Shylock, in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, embodies emotion unfettered by moral or intellectual constraints. Shylocks' speech at the beginning of act four, scene one distances him from the rest of society and perpetuates his ostracism as his actions validate Antonio's attacks upon his character and depict him as a creature without morals but only emotion, and as an entity of pure evil when, despite the fact he realizes his own flaws in logic and all appeal to his compassion and mercy, he
During the Elizabethan era, one’s destiny or fate was viewed by most as predetermined. “Most of the people in Shakespeare’s time believed in astrology, the philosophy that a person’s life was partly determined by the stars and the...
History is more than dates and facts. It can be inspiring. Many authors have taken history and written great stories that have been read by millions.
As is the case with most self-expression, F. Scott Fitzgerald used his writing in an attempt to make sense of the world and to share that understanding with his audience. However, most of the conclusions that Fitzgerald reached dismiss meaning...
Sara grew up with an embarrassingly eccentric grandmother named Mags and her hippie friends. But death brings Sara back to a small town to learn about the woman she hardly knew and her lost love.
This is a book review of Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. This particular review tackles this masterpiece of modern literature from an outside the box perspective.
A brief summary and review of John Hersey's novel "Hiroshima." Ideal for current high school or college students reading the novel.
The first couple adventures of Stephen King's famous gunslinger were absolute masterpieces. But what about the sequels. Here I take a look at the second book in the series to see if it is worth while.
This free term paper argues that Shakespeare's theme of Love in 'Romeo and Juliet' is highly relevant today. Love’s obstacles, 'True love never does run smooth' is true as ever.
The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton is a short Sherlock Holmes story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and sees the detective dealing with the most notorious of all blackmailers.
Summary of and commentary on The Pelican by Edith Wharton, a short story from the collection The Greater Inclination.
Milton's 'Paradise Lost' is one of the greatest creations of writing.The invocation comprising the first twenty six lines of Book one is of excellent making as the Poet invokes God to illuminate him.
The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual is one of the most famous Sherlock Holmes stories. The short Sherlock Holmes story deals with missing servants but develops into a treasure hunt.
The Cafe by the Sea is a humorous look at the contrast between city and country life, and where our souls long to rest.
Why do people read sad books, listen to sad songs, or enjoy a movie where the good guys don't save the day or get the girl in the end? A discussion of tragedy.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is an eventful and vibrant story about what happens to the people around us when we love, too much.
In this essay, I analyze how WWI influenced F. Scott Fitzgerald's and Ernest Hemingway's novels "The Great Gatsby" and "The Sun Also Rises".
The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the most interesting and well-written books I have ever read, written by the author Alexander Dumas. This article is about some of my thoughts on this book.
The Scanguards series is written by Tina Folsom, it is a paranormal romance/erotica series about Vampires who run a bodyguard company and the love that they finally find.
There is much less factual knowledge about William Shakespeare (1564-1616), the greatest playwright in the English language, than one would expect of such an important figure (Craig et al, pg.521). He apparently worked as a schoolteacher for a time...
Christopher Marlowe in this Tragic History of Doctor Faustus (a play), shows many dramatic techniques through the style of his writing, few of which we are going to analyze from the work.
The Adventure of the Gloria Scott is a short Sherlock Holmes story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the Adventure of the Gloria Scott, Holmes tells Watson of an early case when Holmes was at university
Gilman's novella - which helped to reform medical practice and the medical profession's attitude to women - explored in conjunction with Jacques Derrida's concept of différance.
John Milton is known as the poet who wrote Paradise Lost but he also wrote The Doctrine of Discipline and Divorce where he lays out some modern ideas on what marriage should be.
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe will make you long for a cute little cafe on the corner with a bench under a pear tree, where you can eat baked yumminess, and maybe even be kissed by a handsome man.
An opinionated review of an American classic. Why is Gatsby idolized? Why is Nick useless? Why was Fitzgerald a hypocrite? Read on.
An examination of Neil Gaiman's third volume of the Sandman series, Dream Country, using various literary criticism techniques.
A reckless lad taunts the evil spirit Osschaert, gets punished for his mockery, and is saved by a brave horse - a Dutch legend of the Veluwe
With even more odd photos, Hollow City is an urgent necessity for those itching to know what happens next to the Bird and peculiar children in war-devastated London as they seek to defeat the hollows.
The Adventure of the Resident Patient is a Sherlock Holmes story that sees the detective deal with an extremely nervous patient; a patient who it turns out doesn't want Holmes' help.
Celtic mythology is rich with symbolism of life, death and rebirth, replete with the magic of nature and the ancient world. This article outlines some of the most famous stories from Celtic mythology, in Celtic Ireland and Britain.
For that paranormal romance fix or a bit of creative inspiriation, these are the authors who's books I always have close.
Harry Potter discovers a book owned by a mysterious Half-Blood Prince, and meetings with Dumbledore will reveal more about Tom Riddle than anyone else knows, including the key to undoing immortality.
Summer is here and so is the desire to enter a world of romance far from our own. Here are five awesome young adult novels to help control your feelings, as well as possibly add a few more.
Even with staples like The Hunger Games and Twilight becoming a thing of the past, we're still in the golden age of YA fiction. But what's next for the genre?
The Adventure of the Naval Treaty is a short Sherlock Holmes story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Watson brings a case to Holmes for a friend's reputation is being tarnished by the theft of a treaty.
William March's final novel, The Bad Seed, is rich in psychological suspense but relies heavily on flipping the roles of male and female archetypal characters that stem from Freudian concepts.
The novel Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts is an epic page turner, but also the subject of much controversy. Is author Roberts a "lying junkie," or is this really his story?
An academic analysis of Richard Loncraine's film adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Richard III." Ideal for students.
Many ancient Greek comedians, and even some poets and tragedians, injected a sardonic, satirical attitude that the modern era sees in its own work.
This essay delves into the reasons why Eve cannot be seen as a "femme fatale" and puts an uncommon twist on a popular story that encourages readers to think past their preconceived notions.
Henry was indeed a cosmopolitan; the James family travelled across Europe during 1855 and 1860. Henry’s brother William James is considered to be one of the greatest psychologists of all time.
Harry will have to use every bit of wit his friends have to survive the tournament in this thrilling, wise tale of triumphing over impossible odds through the aid of friendship and hard work.
Mel Carriere reviews Nevil Shute's On the Beach, a model of literary aerodynamic efficiency, as part of his ongoing Lunchtime Lit series.
How Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 'Sherlock Holmes' stories formed some of the most successful modern television structures and character archetypes in our age.
Joshua Cabucos' essay argues for the transformative and morally enlightening elements of Craig Silvey's award-winning novel. Great term paper example.
"The name is Bill Burroughs. I am a writer. Let me tell you a few things about my job, what an assignment is like." William S. Burrough from The Adding Machine.
The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet sees Sherlock Holmes recovering missing precious stones, and proving the innocence of the chief suspect in the theft; the obvious answer is not necessary the right o
Begun as a short story in answer to a competition suggested by Lord Byron in 1816, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein has reached from the Romantic era into our own 21st century, and remains as relevant today as when originally written....
The Night Sister exposes generations of beastly family secrets and the monsters that hide in dark towers.
A Christmas Carol is a timeless classic created by Charles Dickens. He wished to strike a blow on behalf of the children abused in factories. The story will forever haunt our homes.
Toni Morrison's novel Beloved hinges around the past. In this essay, several instances of flashbacks are pointed out and their effects analyzed.
The Mist was a great horror film. But what about the source material? Let's investigate Stephen King's The Mist to see if its worth the read.
Treachery, personal finances, and a woman's drive to make it on her own are the elements of this story. This period novel written in 1941 gives a clear picture of what L.A. was like before WWII.
Two giants of ancient literature went on separate journeys, yet both of them learn the same lesson. And what did Beowulf and Gilgamesh learn? Something about themselves.
A new adaptation of the successful "Da Vinci Code" is out that will intrigue young readers from the age of 12 and up. Young readers will find this adaptation filled with mystery and history.
A Deconstructive Reading of Shelley's Frankenstein- how traditional deconstructive lines of opposition are challenged in Shelley's novel
We've all read Mills and Boon, haven't we? However, I wonder if you've found some things common in most of them.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman immerses us into the psyche of a young wife and mother who is powerless in her peril in which no one understands. The Yellow Wallpaper is a first person view of what insanity and disconnection can look like. From...